Fr Abbot has been to Scotland three times so far this year. The first visit was for the episcopal consecration of Abbot Hugh Gilbert of Pluscarden as Bishop of Aberdeen, the diocese in which Pluscarden Abbey is situated.
The second visit was for the Provincial Chapter of the English Province of our Congregation. This meeting is held every four years. The term ‘English’ is a bit misleading. ‘English’ includes Scotland, the United States, Mexico, Ghana, and now Germany. In the course of the Chapter, Abbot Anselm Atkinson (below) was re-elected as Visitor for eight years. Our own Abbot Cuthbert was elected to assist him as a member of his council.
The third visit to Pluscarden was for the abbatial blessing of Abbot Anselm. Brother Michael, ever eager to find friends in high places, managed a quick snap with Cardinal O’Brien.